Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Final Draft

The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he's suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.   At first, Nazare...

Details Final Draft

TitleFinal Draft
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Lgbt

Reviews Final Draft

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop me. Okay, so now that I’ve stopped crying again, let’s get to why this book is so good. At its heart, I think this book is a perfect conveyment of what it is re...
  • Fatma
    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction to build an escape chute from her life's insistent monotone." Thank you so much to ABRAMS Kids/Amulet Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this via NetGalley!!!!!r...
  • Trevor
    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn't have high expectations but still I walked away feeling disappointed. First off, the relationship between Laila & Mr. Madison was cringeworthy for me. It was not sexual in any...
  • Marie
    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3Full review coming soon!
  • ambsreads
    a very realistic look at lifefull review to come.
  • Atlas
    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet* * * * 4 / 5When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the head. This isn't really a happy book, but it's definitely a great one. She wanted to pierce the furthest frontier of her abilityLaila Piedra is half-Ecuadorian, half-French C...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. The timeline had broken like a seal and let loose something weightless. For a crystal instant Laila was borne up on its back and was invulnerable and immortal, and she...
  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous stories. I am not sure what exactly it was though. There were definitely parts I liked, some parts I wished were explored more. It felt like it was a bit slow then...
  • Thamy
    I really enjoyed Redgate’s previous book, “Noteworthy”, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn’t work for me.Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She’s always had the support of her creative writing teacher until Mr. Madison is involved in a serious accident and a substitute comes to his place. Laila had always suspect her stories weren’t all that Mr. Madison always s...
  • Clara
    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I was going to enjoy this one. What I wasn't expecting was how different it was going to be. If I hadn't already known, I'd never have guessed that these are from the same...
  • emma
    4.5 starsThis book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel.
  • Irena
    Review to come.
  • Wren (WhatWrenReads)
    4.5 “Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?” WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I literally just finished this book and it took my breath away. PLEASE read this book, but also, prepare yourself for being an emotional mess because I WAS NOT PREPARED. First off, ...
  • day
    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away.something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but at the same time i saw so much authenticity in her journey and story and it really, really resonated with me.i was completely engrossed from start to finish. what a tr...
  • Rachel Strolle
    TW for teacher deathI don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh
  • Colleen
    A review will be up sometime soon!
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    First of all, this book was something I wasn't expecting. I liked the author's writing but I thought it was hard to get into. The author wrote Laila's story in 3rd person and for a while I didn't know what I was reading. I thought this was contemporary, not science fiction. Apparently, the author wrote Eden's story (Laila's writing) before getting into Laila's POV. As if Laila had been writing her own science fiction story the whole time. Since I...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I enjoyed Final Draft on so many different levels. On the surface level there is a phenomenal plot, at the same time there's this almost self-reflexive commentary on writing. Laila is a fantastic main character who I could instantly empathize with. Laila was me when I was in school (except I never wanted to become a writer because ...
  • zaheerah
    * I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.Laila Piedra lives for the stories she writes, and the only person who reads them is her creative writing teacher. Until he ends up in the hospital and he’s replaced by a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who is exceptionally critical and continuously unimpressed. Her strange assignment leads Laila on an obsessive journey to win h...
  • Luke Reynolds
    ARC Review (3/15/18, received from Sarah Prineas)Writing may seem easy, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. Some authors seamlessly pen novels and get them on the shelves year after year, but with that cycle comes prior years of querying to agents, tons of rejection letters, and self-doubt throughout. What if this next book doesn’t do as well as the last? What if it’s not good enough to even get through the door?I haven’t gone through an...
  • Allie (alliembooks)
    I found this book to be really enjoyable. It definitely has elements I can relate to (the mixed Latinx representation, the fat representation, I mean the description of Laila almost sounded just like me) and even her being a writer and taking part in fandom and being in a creative writing class were relatable. However, I felt a little empty while reading as if something was missing.Laila is obsessed with a sci-fi series and mostly writes sci-fi h...
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS SO. That happened. I actually read one of my most anticipated releases of the year from one of my favourite contemporary authors and it DEFIED my already VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS. And I’m at a loss for words, staring at this blinking cursor thinking about HOW TO SUM UP MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS MARVELLOUS CREATION, unable to pick up another book because BOOK HANGOVER wondering how to move on when, well, ...
  • Taylor Wilson
    Laila likes to write stories, especially sci-fi stories, but she only lets her creative writing teacher, Mr. Madison, read them. He thinks she has a real talent. When something happens to Mr. Madison, Laila's creative writing class gets Dr. Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize winning-author, as a substitute teacher. Nazarenko is unimpressed with the class's work and grades incredibly hard. For a while, Laila thinks the way Nazarenko grades is ridiculou...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    This was just one of those books that fell flat for me for no apparent reason. There's A LOT of things that I really appreciate about it but overall there wasn't really anything that I LOVED.I listened to the audiobook and it really took some getting used to the narrator. The audiobook is okay overall but I wasn't a big fan of the narrator's voice. Soooorry.But here's what I appreciated:- FEMALE MASTURBATION- amazingly well written (YA appropriat...